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Debut in crawfish boils

Louisiana sweet potato grower discusses crop loss due to rain

Down in Louisiana chances are you can find a crawfish boil at every turn – but what will be different this year is what’s been added to a traditional boil: sweet potatoes. The state faced unfortunate crop loss last fall because of continuous rain. “It took a lot of the crop away,” said Matt Garber of Garber.....

Spot Farm Scotland trials show benefits of reduced cultivation depths

Commercial trials carried out at AHDB’s Strategic Potato (Spot) Farm in Perthshire have shown that reducing cultivation depths can lower input costs while maintaining or increasing yields. The results were shared at a recent open day. Previous AHDB research which focused on reducing cultivations to decrease.....

Joshua Guerrero from Tropifoods, Costa Rica

Demand for cassava in Europe has increased

Traditionally, in Europe, cassava was only in demand among Latin American, Indian, African, or Arab ethnic groups. In recent years, however, consumption has increased, meaning that this tuber is reaching the general public.According to Joshua Guerrero, from the Costa Rican company Tropifoods, roots and tubers,.....

First new potatoes from Malta unloaded at potato wholesaler Altena

“I expect barely enough potatoes from Malta in coming weeks”

Yesterday morning, the first Santé potatoes from Malta arrived at potato wholesaler Altena in Veen, the Netherlands. “We have a regular harvest of Santé, but especially the Alphas are doing well. I expect a fair bit of supply of these in the next two weeks,” says Kees Schouten. Demand for early potatoes is.....

Resistance management needed to prevent outbreak

Phytophtora resistance outbreak looming

The amount of resistant potatoes is steadily growing. This contributes to the cultivation security, but also demands attention during cultivation. Without measures and resistance management the risk of breakout is looming.The number of resistance genes against phytophthora is still limited and the first.....

John Halverson elected as new chair of Potatoes USA

John Halverson of Arbyrd, Mo., has been elected as the new chair of Potatoes USA in Denver. 2017-18 will be his fifth year on the board and his third year on its executive committee. Halverson has been involved with potato production his entire life and works out of Black Gold Farms’ business unit in Arbyrd,.....

Michigan potato growers embrace sustainable farming

In order to preserve Michigan's potato industry, which contributes approximately $550 million annually to the state’s economy, producers in the state are focusing on bettering management of soil health and water usage according to Mike Wenkel, manager of the Potato Growers of Michigan.“Soil health is a major.....

McCain South Africa increases water efficiency to combat drought

The impact of South Africa's drought on local farmers, producers, and consumers have been immense with a significant impact on agricultural yields, quality and price. This is forcing companies like McCain South Africa to adjust their business models to mitigate the impact.McCain has initiated other internal.....

Looking forward to a good year

"Vidalia onions can withstand cold weather for a few days"

This year, the first Vidalia onions will be leaving the packing shed on April 12. The hand-harvested onions are dried for 5-7 days before they are shipped out. “Typically, the season begins at the end of April, but unseasonably mild weather and warm temperatures made the crop mature faster,” says Susan Waters.....

Ronald van de Wouw:

“I grow to sell, not to store”

With the recent high potato prices, caused by a disappointing harvest and a high demand from chip factories, speculating on a further price rise is attractive. Yet Ronald van de Wouw from the Dutch Wouw Agro isn’t interested in that. “I grow potatoes to sell them, not to store them.”Ronald grows potatoes,.....

Peter Beemsterboer:

“Mauritania dumping market for onions”

In recent months, the Mauritanian market has been deluged with Dutch onions. “This country, with about 3.5 million inhabitants, is good for the import of 40,000 to 45,000 tonnes of onions annually. During the high season, around Ramadan, import is at 4,000 tonnes per month, and during the low season, February.....

Competition Commission accuses potato seed companies of monopoly

The Competition Commission has referred a Netherlands-based seed potato breeder and its exclusive South African distributor to the Competition Tribunal for prosecution, for alleged abuse of dominance in relation to the exclusive supply of the Mondial seed potato varietal in the country.Wesgrow Potatoes, a.....

Potato plant explodes in India

One person was killed and four others were injured in a blast after a potato cold storage facility exploded in Sangrur district in Punjab.Shortly before the blast many farmers were in the building stocking their potato harvest which led to the death and injuries. It was reported that a gas leak started in the.....

Organic sweet potatoes take off in Europe

In 2010 Eosta sold the first boxes of organic sweet potatoes from the USA to Dutch health food stores; in 2017 the organic tubers, now coming from six different countries, are transported by the truckload to major retail chains such as ICA in Sweden and REWE in Germany, marked with Natural Branding laser.....

Researchers develop drought resistant crops in Vanuatu

Mr. Pakao Leo, an agricultural expert and Coordinator of the Vanuatu Coastal Adaptation Project (VCAP), has been working with fellow experts to create more durable and profitable varieties in this ever hotter area.According to the Pacific Climate Change Science Program temperatures in Vanuatu's annual.....

Australian ag dept may dump 5000 tons of seed potatoes to prevent outbreak

The Western Australian Department of Agriculture and Food have enacted trade restrictions today, which may see over 5000 tons of seed potato discarded in an attempt to combat an outbreak of disease.Known as potato psyllid, the small insect pest was first detected in Perth during February and has since been.....

Organic sweet potatoes take flight in Europe

In 2010, Eosta sold the first boxes of organic sweet potatoes from the US to Dutch organic food shops. In 2017, the product, branded with ‘Natural Branding’ laser tattoos, and coming from six countries, is sent in multiple lorries at once to large supermarket chains such as ICA in Sweden and REWE in Germany......

Cros Agro Allied invests $65m into Nigeria's potato sector

Cros Agro Allied Ltd, a Nigerian agribusiness company, has announced plans to invest $65 million in Nigeria’s potato sector. In the long term, this should help create over 30,000 jobs in the potato value chain, generate up to $300 million in foreign exchange and create outgrower opportunities for 5,000.....

Organic sweet potatoes take flight in Europe

In 2010, Eosta sold the first boxes of organic sweet potatoes from the US to Dutch organic food shops. In 2017, the product, branded with ‘Natural Branding’ laser tattoos, and coming from six countries, is sent in multiple lorries at once to large supermarket chains such as ICA in Sweden and REWE in Germany......

Prince Edward Island potato farmer heads Canadian ag council

Prince Edward Island potato farmer Alvin Keenan is leading a national lobbying group that represents more than 120 agricultural commodities in Canada. The organization deals with any number of issues including trade marketing, industry standards, food safety, labour, temporary foreign workers, environment.....

Farm Frites proposes 70K ton capacity potato processing factory in Argentina

Earlier this month, Farm Frites proposed a plan to establish a potato processing facility in Mar del Plata, Argentina with an annual capacity of 70.000 tonnes of finished product.Most of the product is expected to be exported to Brazil through the Port of Mar del Plata. For the city of Mar del Plata - better.....

Fiji potato revitalisation program giving growers hope

In Fiji the Agriculture Ministry's potato revitalisation program is giving hope to a group of potato farmers in the Sigatoka Valley.Co-operative treasurer of the Nabaka Holding Society, Saten Dass, said a number of farmers in their group planted potatoes. "We have about nine farmers planting potatoes," he.....

Spain: Potatoes no longer a secondary crop in Murcia

A few years ago, the storms that hit the Andalusian province of Seville during the potato harvest for two consecutive seasons took a toll on the results of the local sector. The markets thus opened up to the productions of the Region of Murcia as an alternative to the damaged Sevillian harvests. This partly.....

Spain: Castile-Leon's potato acreage could exceed 20,000 hectares

Potato planting is currently underway in Castile-Leon, although the activities have slowed down in recent days due to the low temperatures. The earliest plantings started at the beginning of the month and about 40% of the total acreage may now be already planted, especially in the areas of Salamanca and.....

Armyworm outbreak spreads to Uganda

An outbreak of the fall armyworm caterpillar in several southern African nations has raised an alarm, with the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) warning they pose “a huge threat to food security”. Uganda was the most recent country where the pest was found.Uganda’s Agriculture Minister Vincent.....

First Spanish potato of the season

Spain: Malaga's new potatoes hit the shelves

Ibérica de Patatas, leader in the marketing of potatoes for consumption in Spain, is again selling the new potatoes from Malaga, the first Spanish potato of the season. The product will remain available from this week until early May in supermarkets and hypermarkets across Spain.The new potato from Malaga is.....

Italy, Spain and France meet to talk about garlic

PHOTO REPORT Prices are increasing for good quality garlic, though the level must be maintained high. This was one of the arguments put forward on 23rd March 2017 in Sulmona during a meeting of the Italy, Spain and France contact group. The event was organised byConsorzio Aglio rosso di Sulmona, led by PresidentStefania.....

Victorian potato farmers urged to remain vigilant for potato psyllid

After the Tomato Potato Psyllid was found in Western Australia horticulturists in Victoria are being urged to implement best practice biosecurity measures in order to prevent the spread of the costly pest.Australia’s chief plant health officer Gabrielle Vivian-Smith said there had been no confirmed reports.....

Giumarra expects excellent Vidalia® onion volumes

The Vidalia® Onion Committee has announced an April 12 start date to kick off the official Vidalia onion season. Giumarra Southeast is pleased to offer promotable volumes of this summer favorite, packaged in the Nature’s Partner brand. Shipments will begin the third week of April and continue through the end.....

Dr. Oz gives Americans permission to eat potatoes again

Fresh Solutions Network applauded the March 23rd episode of Dr. Oz – giving American’s “Permission to eat potatoes again” noting that potatoes are “nutrient power houses” that surprisingly pack about “100 calories per spud” and have zero grams of fat.Dr. Oz opened his show handing potatoes out to the.....

Giumarra expects excellent Vidalia® onion volumes

The Vidalia® Onion Committee has announced an April 12 start date to kick off the official Vidalia onion season. Giumarra Southeast is pleased to offer promotable volumes of this summer favorite, packaged in the Nature’s Partner brand. Shipments will begin the third week of April and continue through the end.....

Dr. Oz gives Americans permission to eat potatoes again

Fresh Solutions Network applauded the March 23rd episode of Dr. Oz – giving American’s “Permission to eat potatoes again” noting that potatoes are “nutrient power houses” that surprisingly pack about “100 calories per spud” and have zero grams of fat.Dr. Oz opened his show handing potatoes out to the.....

Befresh Europe: “Potato season lasts until late-June”

Befresh Europe has recently announced that they are expecting a slight delay to their potato season this year. Oron Ziv from Befresh Europe stated that the season would start a week later than usual but expects a good harvest.“Our potato season starts this week,” says Oron Ziv “Crop is looking good, we had.....

Interseed becomes new shareholder of Breeders Trust

The seed potato breeding company Interseed Potatoes GmbH located at Wittmund Germany, recently became the newest shareholder of Breeders Trust.Breeders Trust supports its shareholders when it comes to monitoring and enforcement of the plant Breeders’ Rights and contract conditions.The aim of Breeders Trust.....

Mike de Koster, WDK Onions:

"It's concerning that there are few sales at this low onion price"

It has been calm on the onion market for weeks. The last published export figures on week 9 indicate an export of less than 12,000 tonnes per week. "It isn't going. We are running on around 40% of our capacity," indicates Mike de Kosters of onion sorting and packaging station WDK Onions from Kwadendamme. And.....

Mike de Koster, WDK Onions:

"It's concerning that there are onion sales at this low price"

It has been calm on the onion market for weeks. The last published export figures on week 9 indicate an export of less than 12,000 tonnes per week. "It isn't going. We are running on around 40% of our capacity," indicates Mike de Kosters of onion sorting and packaging station WDK Onions from Kwadendamme. And.....

North Carolina sweet potato grower expects price increase

The North Carolina sweet potato is seeing a bit of a boom in 2016-2017. “Our supply and demand are both good. We’ve been tremendously busy since Thanksgiving,” says Charlotte Vick of Wilson, NC-based Vick Family Farms. “We had a good crop last year so our supply is right in line with our quarters for the.....

Science embraces potato as sustainable choice during Second Potato Congress

The Second Potato Congress of 16 March drew many dieticians, scientists, weight consultants and representatives from the potato sector. The Potato Congress is organised by the Dutch Potato Organisation, in order to offer an objective stage for knowledge of the potato, focused on food professionals.Potatoes.....

Bart Nemegheer, De Aardappelhoeve:

“Consumers are looking for something special”

The sales of waxy, smooth Laurette potatoes are going satisfactorily. This smooth, waxy potato was introduced in 2015. “The growth is enormous. Compared to the same period last year, we sold over 15 per cent more,” says Bart Nemegheer from De Aardappelhoeve.Laurette is available year-round, exclusively from.....

Egyptian onions fetch high prices due to empty market

Egyptian onions are currently fetching high prices in both the domestic market and through exports. The reason is that last season was affected by the devaluation of the Egyptian pound in October. This led to a lucrative export market, prompting Egyptian onion exporters to take full advantage and clear out.....

Science embraces potato as sustainable choice during Second Potato Congress

The Second Potato Congress of 16 March drew many dieticians, scientists, weight consultants and representatives from the potato sector. The Potato Congress is organised by the Dutch Potato Organisation, in order to offer an objective stage for knowledge of the potato, focused on food professionals.Potatoes.....

Nearly 100 jobs lost after UK potato processor closes

Beverley-based potato processor M&F lost nearly 100 staff who were made redundant following the failure of a £9m-turnover business which supplied peeled, chipped and sliced potatoes to major supermarket chains.Paul Stanley and Andrew MacKenzie of Begbies Traynor were appointed joint administrators at the.....

MSU encourages potato growers to pick disease-free seeds

Starting the season with disease-free potato seed stock is the first step in establishing a good stand that will maximize yield potential. There are several diseases growers should be concerned with when selecting seed potatoes that will produce vigorous uniform stands, especially potato leafroll.....

Belgian potato processing sector rounds off a record year for 2016

2016 was an absolute record year for the Belgian potato procession sector, according to the conclusions of Belgapom, the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry.The fact that this growth sector within the Belgian food industry with 4.4 million tonnes (+ 11% compared to 3.97 million.....

Production decreased in 2016

Peru: Onion shipments up 31.5% in the last five years

According to Peru's External Trade Federation (ComexPeru), in the past five years Peruvian onion exports increased by 31.5%, as they went from US $ 54 million in 2012 to US $71 million in 2016.The exporter guild stated that in the past five years, Peruvian onion exports registered a 6.8% average annual.....

Afghan onions spoil due to lack of storage and markets

According to the Ministry of Agriculture, Irrigation and Livestock (MAIL), 142,000 tons of onions were harvested this year. However, businessmen claim that a big part of the harvest was spoiled due to a lack of storage facilities and markets.A number of local businessmen voiced their concerns over the lack.....

Irish potato cultivation quadruples in St Elizabeth, Jamaica

Farmers in St Elizabeth, Jamaica, have increased cultivation of Irish potatoes more than four times over as the Government strives to meet the local demand of 15 million kilogrammes per year.According to a statement from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, minister without.....

Switzerland:

Organic potatoes: Increased price difference between organic and conventional potatoes

In 2016 the retail price of organic potatoes is on average 84% higher than conventional potatoes. Considering the period from 2005 the price difference between these potatoes has clearly increased after 2014, and the difference remained higher than 80%.Graph: Price differences between organic and.....

North Carolina sweet potato grower expects price increase

The North Carolina sweet potato is seeing a bit of a boom in 2016-2017. “Our supply and demand are both good. We’ve been tremendously busy since Thanksgiving,” says Charlotte Vick of Wilson, NC-based Vick Family Farms. “We had a good crop last year so our supply is right in line with our quarters for the.....

Bart Nemegheer, De Aardappelhoeve:

“Consumers are looking for something special”

The sales of waxy, smooth Laurette potatoes are going satisfactorily. This smooth, waxy potato was introduced in 2015. “The growth is enormous. Compared to the same period last year, we sold over 15 per cent more,” says Bart Nemegheer from De Aardappelhoeve.Laurette is available year-round, exclusively from.....

Belgian potato processing sector rounds off a record year for 2016

2016 was an absolute record year for the Belgian potato procession sector, according to the conclusions of Belgapom, the association for the Belgian potato trade and processing industry.The fact that this growth sector within the Belgian food industry with 4.4 million tonnes (+ 11% compared to 3.97 million.....

Irish potato cultivation quadruples in St Elizabeth, Jamaica

Farmers in St Elizabeth, Jamaica, have increased cultivation of Irish potatoes more than four times over as the Government strives to meet the local demand of 15 million kilogrammes per year.According to a statement from the Ministry of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries, minister without.....

Chayenne Wiskerke, Wiskerke Onions:

“Good local harvests unbalance onion market”

Dutch onion exporters are faced with a shortage of sales opportunities. “There is much product everywhere in Europe, and of good quality at that. On average, the stocks in Europe nowadays are about ten per cent higher, and even more than 30 per cent higher in a country such as Germany, compared to last.....

Canadian farmers to plant GM potatoes in 2017

Industry experts believe 2017 will be the year J.R. Simplot Company's genetically modified potatoes will begin being planted in Canada. “Other than plot-sized production, there was no commercial production in Canada [in 2016] because of the timing,” says Kevin MacIsaac, general manager at the United Potato.....

Canadian farmers to plant GM potatoes in 2017

Industry experts believe 2017 will be the year J.R. Simplot Company's genetically modified potatoes will begin being planted in Canada. “Other than plot-sized production, there was no commercial production in Canada [in 2016] because of the timing,” says Kevin MacIsaac, general manager at the United Potato.....

The ban will apply for a minimum of two years

Spain: Asturias bans potato cultivation in four councils

The Principality of Asturias has published a decree with measures to develop the national program to fight potato pests. It has also confirmed the subsidies that will be given to those affected (0.40 Euro per square metre of crops uprooted; up to 0.70 Euro for seed potatoes; the refund of any expenses to.....

Jaap de Ruijg, Van der Lans International:

“Despite large European harvest, there's room for NZ and Tasmanian onions”

The New Zealand onion season started for Van der Lans last week. “The growing season went well in both New Zealand and Tasmania. Somewhat larger onions are expected because of slightly more rain than usual, and fewer small triplets and 40/60 sizes will come to Europe,” Jaap de Ruijg, from Van der Lans.....

US potato industry announces salad bar grant

The U.S. potato industry has worked for years to get kids to eat more spuds and other vegetables.Now, the East Grand Forks, Minn.,-based Northern Plains Potato Growers Association has launched another go-around of a program that puts free salad bars in schools.The association will pay the cost, nearly.....